Professional Bull Riders, Inc.
) is an international professional bull riding
organization based in Pueblo, Colorado
, USA. PBR events are televised on Versus
. More than 800 cowboys from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Australia, and Mexico hold PBR memberships.
The organization began in 1992 through the efforts of 21 professional bull riders, who each contributed $1000. Since that time, the organization has grown to include four tours which collectively stage over 300 events worldwide every year. Prize money has exploded from $250,000 in 1994 to over $11 million in 2008.
The PBR's premier tour, the Built Ford Tough Series
, includes 31 events across the country every year. Pyrotechnics, pulsating music and special effects open each event, and each features the top 30 riders in the world at the time.
Riders attempt to stay on a bucking bull for eight seconds, and rides are judged based on both the rider's and the bull's performance, with two judges scoring the rider and two scoring the bull. At the end of each event, the top 10 riders compete in the short round, or "short go"; the rider with the highest point total from the entire event becomes the winner.
Since 2007, PBR also hosts a team competition format called PBR World Cup
, where 25 bull riders (altogether representing 5 different countries) compete to... Read More